Friday, 10 April 2015

Jesus Appears the Third Time

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcom Davies (No.105)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (21:1-14)

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ They replied, ‘We’ll come with you.’ They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.

It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, ‘Have you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered, ‘No’, he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul it in. The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord’. At these words ‘It is the Lord’, Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.

As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, ‘Who are you?’; they knew quite well that it was the Lord. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.

The shock of the crucifixion, despite the resurrection appearances of Jesus, still bears heavily on the disciples, and they respond by going back to what they can rely on, and that is fishing.
When we are struggling in our journey of faith we too want to go back to what we know and there is always a temptation to abandon the call to be a disciple of Jesus and what he has called us to.
In the morning Jesus shows himself although it is apparent that he was there on the shore always watching out for his disciples. The disciples follow his directions even though their efforts up to now have been fruitless.
In our lives there are many challenges in work, in family and in ministries that God has called us to. We are called to listen to the voice of Jesus and trust in him when he calls us to faithfulness to the mission and life he has called us to.
Just as these disciples experienced the presence of Jesus in a new way through struggle, so we too will experience the care and concern of Jesus, who always watches out for us.

Malcolm Davies

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

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